True love is not bound by skin color, gender, beliefs, or background. These two beauties, Abigail Marie (right) and Natalie Rodriguez (left,) are madly in love with each other and are proud to share it with the world. Both creative souls, these women share their passion for life and never take for granted the endearing love that they have found.
They are the perfect symbols of love to represent this bridal story. Wearing one of a kind gowns by One Love Design by Rachel Gordon, these ethereal goddesses happily posed in front of Southern Smoke Cigars super swanky airstream at Holy City Brewing Company.
To learn more about Abigail and Natalie’s story and admiration for one another view more.
Host and Floral: The Event Cooperative, Photography: Nickie Cutrona, Fashion Stylist: Andrea Serrano, Hairstylist: Mac Does Hair, Makeup: Bellelina Skincare and Makeup Studio, Location: Holy City Brewing Company, Airstream by Southern Smoke Cigars
My second day with my family at Wild Dunes was jam packed with fun as we pool hopped and rode bikes, soaking up the last moments of our staycation. I rented a tandem bike so my youngest, Sebastian could ride along without worrying about keeping up with his training wheels. Me and the boys rode until we reached the Links Golf Course and then we broke for a yummy lunch at at Huey’s overlooking the beautiful greens.
Before we headed out for our busy day we had to throw down a big breakfast. You think we would still be full from the night before at Coastal Provisions, but alas we came back for more. The menu covered everything from savory to sweet and in between. I opted for the Flapjacks made with real corn topped with home made granola and bourbon vanilla syrup. My boys gobbled down their all time favorites – Chocolate Pancakes with a side of bacon and eggs. My photographer and foodie sidekick Libby Williams ordered the shrimp and crab omelette which looked like a delectable work of art.
All good things must come to an end, but the memories we made at Wild Dunes will live on forever. Me and my family enjoyed ourselves to the fullest and would totally come back again, even in the off season so we can explore some more. With all of the fun activities and excursions you need a good 4 days to take advantage of it all. This just means we’ll be back for another adventure!
Denim overalls by Love Stitch $54, Sunglasses $15, Sandals by BC Footwear $60, Ice Cream purse $34, and donut clutch all from Dandy Boutique // Stripped shirt by Honey Punch $36 from House of Sage // Sterling silver “paz” necklace $115, “Curtis” skull ring $95, “Luna” turquoise ring $125 all by Ash Hoffman from Maris Dehart
Photography by Libby Williams
Other than shopping, eating out is my second favorite thing to do. So while at our stay at Wild Dunes we had to try out the newly renovated Coastal Provisions located in the Boardwalk Inn. We were in for a real treat because this was not your average surf and turf. The menu which focuses on seafood and meat are paired with the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Executive Chef Brett Sparman conjures delectable dishes while being creative by experimenting with unusual combinations. The extensive drink menu spanned from fancy cocktails, to a broad selection of wine, to a lineup of local craft beers.
Of course we had to start with the oysters, which we slurped down in seconds. As the appetizers kept on coming, my photographer Libby Williams meticulously snapped pics of each dish. A bona fide food aficionado, Libby just recently launched her food blog Plate South featuring restaurants and recipes in Charleston and beyond. It’s been so much fun combining food and fashion on my blog the past few months and what better way to collaborate than with a lifestyle photographer and food blogger!
Some of the appetizer highlights were the Tuna Poke with benne seeds, scallions, and avocado puree. This dish screamed summer with it’s light fare and fresh ingredients. My other favorite was the Crispy Brussel Sprouts with baked with parmesan cheese. Eating your veggies never tasted so good!
I was never a seafood person until I moved to Charleston, and it opened up a whole new world for me. I usually opt for the chicken dish, but had to try the fish of the day which was the Halibut and it didn’t disappoint! Sitting on top of a creamy mixture of spinach, mushrooms, and corn, every bite just melted in my mouth. I highly recommend a trip to Wild Dunes even if it’s just to eat at Coastal Provisions. It’s always good to step outside of your comfort zone and dive into a culinary adventure!
Photography by Libby Williams
Staying at Wild Dunes felt like we were staying at a mini island city. When you walk out of the Boardwalk Inn onto the boardwalk, pastel hued townhouses line up on either side giving it that quintessential coastal feel. Conveniently placed is Duney’s the ice cream shop, which was a hit with the kids and also us adults. After soaking up some rays and swimming in the pool, ice cream was just what we needed.
The part that I loved the most was walking onto the beach, just steps away from the Grand Pavilion pools. To maximize your relaxation level you can rent an umbrella and chair for the day. It takes the schlepping element out of packing up for the beach. They also have a shower which is always nice to wash off that sticky salt water before you head back to the beach bar to sip on some frozen drinks.
Kairavi embroidered tunic $55 from ibu // Denim shorts by DL1961 $45 from 7 Gypsy // Amador Sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Henry & Eva // Aquamarine beaded “paz” necklace by Ash Hoffman // Gold stick earrings $75 by Christina Jervey
On Sebastian: Kids boxer waist swimsuit $20.36, On Mateo: Kids classic waist shorts $33.96 by Surania
Photography by Libby Williams
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of staying at Wild Dunes with my family for Father’s Day, it was the ideal getaway and staycation for all of us. Anywhere that has a pool, refreshing drinks and great food is a recipe for the perfect weekend. Our first stop of course was the pool. There are 4 pools to choose from and we checked out the Boardwalk Inn pool first. The kids loved it because it had two areas with a walkway bridge that you could swim under. The cabanas are perfect to grab some shade and take a nap.
Me and my boys wore our new swimsuits by Surania, an online company that let’s you customize your swimsuits. They loved playing fashion designer by picking out their patterns and style of shorts. Sebastian has been sporting his euro mankini look all summer long!
The pool was perfectly located behind the Boardwalk Inn and led out to the boardwalk where the ice cream shop was strategically placed. We pool hopped going to the Grand Pavilion Pools next and eventually to the beach. We felt like we were thousands of miles away staying at a resort in the Caribbean, not just 30 minutes from our house.
I didn’t realize how many different places you can stay at from hotels, condos, cottages, and vacation home rentals. We stayed at The Village at Wild Dunes, where we had everything at our fingertips. They have a grocery market, The Lettered Olive restaurant, fitness center, and spa which was so convenient. At night their fire pit lights up and you can roast marshmallows while you relax in an adirondack chair.
Wild Dunes has so many activities to do you would have to stay a whole week just to take advantage of it all. From golfing, tennis, basketball, bike rentals, boat tours, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, parasailing, waterskiing, banana boats, and fishing there’s something for everyone in your family to enjoy.
I can’t believe it took me so long to experience Wild Dunes, I look forward to coming back to check out the fun events they have all year round. Stay tuned for more fun experiences as we explore the property and our delectable dinner at Coastal Provisions.
Trikini $54.50 by Surania // Bikini by Citrine Swim from Drift // Java moon crescent necklace $142 by Kate Davis // Sunglasses $18 from Dandy Boutique // Pink flamingo float $19.99 and Ice cream sandwhich pool float by Bigmouth Inc. $29.49 from Amazon
On Sebastian: Kids boxer waist swimsuit $20.36, On Mateo: Kids classic waist shorts $33.96 by Surania
Photography by Libby Williams
A couple of weeks ago my good friend Liz Martin aka The Charleston Weekender put together a fun summer shoot at Mixson Bath & Racquet Club. I just love Liz’s approach to life – Everyday should be the weekend. The interior decorator, online shopkeeper, lifestyle blogger, and prop stylist really knows how to host a party and a photo shoot, just check out her blog post.
The hostess with the mostest The Charleston Weekender gathered up some local bloggers for an afternoon of bocce, croquet, and of course rose from One Hope Charleston. It was fun and easy for all of us to coordinate accessories from Candy Shop Vintage, Simply J Boutique, and Nectar sunglasses. My fellow Charleston bloggers from left to right – The Charleston Weekender, Paper Meets Pearl, ThriftyLittleBecca, and XoXoIJoelle
Cropped linen shirt by CP Shades $149 from Shirtini // Wide-leg crop jeans in birdie wash $128 from Madewell // Nectar Clubby sunglasses in Toke $35 from Amazon // Elephants On Parade Necklace $160 and Charleston Rice Bead Bracelet in navy $30 from Candy Shop Vintage // Off Duty tote bag and On Beach Time pillow from Simply J // Goldbug Crest ring $120 and Goldbug bangle $165 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Espadrilles by Manebi $77.50 from Morgan Kylee
Photography by Jennifer Collins
Top by Luxxel $52, jean shorts by Pistola Denim $58, and Sunglasses $24 from House of Sage // Green bikini by Eres $530 Bits of Lace // Custom Natural Python Low Top Chucks $895 by Taxidermy // Aurora Opal ring $75, Beqa shark tooth cuff $145, Cowrie shell cuff $142, Requin tooth necklace $230 all by Kate Davis // 14k gold Hammered disc post earrings $250, 14k gold half round band $200, anchor ring $45 all from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman
Wondering about the sunglasses I’ve been wearing a lot on my blog lately? They’re Blue Planet Eyewear and the socially responsible company makes eco-conscious frames that also gives back to those in need. Their stylish frames are made with bamboo and wood giving the modern design an organic edge. Being philanthropic is a huge element in the Blue Planet Eyewear mission by working with global partners such as SEE International, Feed the Children, Best Day Foundation, and Direct Relief. Through the sales of their sunglasses they have donated over 150,000 pairs of sunglasses and eyeglasses to people in need around the world. If your a Charleston local, you can shop the entire collection of readers and sunglasses at Henry & Eva. I love this Mt. Pleasant boutique because it’s a one stop shop for men’s and women’s accessories and gifty items. The best part is that the average price of their sunglasses are only $45, not bad for looking good while doing your part to give back.
Magnum Dress by Ruby Ya Ya $152 and Flip Flops in Beach Pearl by TKEES, $50 from 7 Gypsy // Blue bikini by Eres $324 from Bits of Lace // Amador Sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Henry & Eva // Anguilla custom opal ring $178, Seminyak Crescent necklace $176, Atoll cuff $210 by Kate Davis // 14k gold Hammered disc post earrings $250, 14k gold 5mm band $275, 14k gold half round band $200 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman
Amanda wears Floral Shorts by Willow and Clay $64 and Enchanting Eve Choker in white by Heather Kahn Jewelry $39 from 7 Gypsy // Blue bikini by Eres $324 from Bits of Lace // Tova sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $35.95 from Henry & Eva // Python sandals $189 by Taxidermy
Dress by St. James $180 from Rapport // Flip Flops in Sunkissed by TKEES $50 from 7 Gypsy // Sunglasses $24 from House of Sage // 14k gold Hammered disc post earrings $250, 14k gold half round band $200, 14k gold dome ring $120 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Luxe Crescent necklace by Kate Davis
I probably spend 80% of my day outdoors in the summertime. From the pool to the beach to the boat, me and my family stay active while beating the heat. I always protect my skin and my boys by slathering on at least a 50 spf sunscreen, reapplying often, taking shade when we can, wearing hats and sunglasses, and hydrating all day. Taking all of these precautions are great, but the one thing that most people forget to do is getting their skin checked annually by a dermatologist. I got my first skin screening at Germain Dermatology a few months ago and thankfully everything went well. The head-to-toe skin examination can prevent skin cancer as well as detect skin issues before they worsen. I even went a step further and experienced the Reveal Imager which analyzes the skin’s surface and underlying skin to further evaluate hyperpigmenation, sun damage, textural issues, wrinkles, rosacea, spider veins and more. A bit scary, but eye opening to see the status of your skin in high definition. Germain Dermatology designs a treatment plan and skin care regimen specifically for you after your skin is analyzed. The sun’s rays can be damaging and taking precautions is so important in the summer and all year round.
Carmen Dress by ASTR $105 from 7 Gypsy // Tova sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $35.95 from Henry & Eva // 14k Gold hoop earrings $385, 14k gold 5mm band $275, 14k gold hammered stackable ring $260, 14k gold half round band $200 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Mustique Cuff $158, Aurora Opal ring $75, Samana Kay ring with coral $156, Mendocino Necklace in bone $168 all by Kate Davis // Lola Cruz sandals $265 from Shoes on King
My favorite summertime jewels that I’ve been sporting on the blog lately are by Charleston designer Kate Davis. A former dive instructor and marine biologist, Kate tapped into her creative side and launched her sea inspired jewelry line over a decade ago. She incorporates natural materials derived from the ocean such shells, shark teeth, abalone, mother of pearl, mixed with semi-precious stones set in her signature hammered gold. Her collection is endless with hundreds of designs and she hand makes everything in her James Island studio. Kate Davis is an incredible one woman show and juggles being a mom, which I can relate to and respect. Her designs have even graced the pages of numerous Sport Illustrated Swimsuit issues many times. Whether you wear her beachy jewels layered and stacked or feature one statement piece, you instantly feel like a summer goddess.
Caribbean Fever Maxi by Mink Pink $105 from House of Sage // Aurora Opal ring $75, Paua Wave Collar $205, Beqa shark tooth cuff $145, Cowrie shell cuff $142, Atoll Cuff in turquoise $210 all by Kate Davis // 14k gold Hammered disc post earrings $250, 14k gold half round band $200 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Amador Sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Henry & Eva // Darrah sandals by Dolce Vita $70 from Shoes on King
The official start of summer is here and Bits of Lace is celebrating it with an exciting in-store event tomorrow featuring an exclusive 15% off swimwear sale, food, drinks, and more! Usually known for their massive selection of fine lingerie, they also stock up on beautiful swimwear in the warmer season.
This Saturday there will be music by DJ Kilgo, popsicles from King of Pops, burgers from Stars Rooftop & Grill Room, beer from Southend Brewery, and giveaways from Nectar Sunglasses. Also, for every $100 you spend in store June 20-24th you will earn 1 entry into a raffle to win an Eres beach bag full of fun surprises valued at $500! The party is from 1-5pm at 453 W Coleman Blvd in Mt. Pleasant.
Kawai red patterned one piece swimsuit by Eres $346 from Bits of Lace // Sunglasses $24, sandals by Dirty Laundry $38 from House of Sage // 14k gold Hammered disc post earrings $250 from Gold Creations // Luxe Crescent necklace $68 and Beqa Cuff $145 by Kate Davis
On Amanda: Ivory beaded kimono by Kalypso $129 from 7 Gypsy // Happy yellow piece swimsuit by Eres $509 from Bits of Lace // Sunglasses $24, sandals by Dirty Laundry $38 from House of Sage // Atoll cuff $210 by Kate Davis // 14k gold dome ring $120 from Gold Creations
Shayne Poncho by Sincerely Mary $92 from House of Sage // Anguilla custom opal ring $178, Seminyak Crescent necklace $176, Atoll cuff $210 by Kate Davis // 14k gold Hammered disc post earrings $250, 14k gold 5mm band $275, 14k gold hammered stackable ring $260, 14k gold half round band $200 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Sneakers by Bucket Feet $68 from Shoes on King
On Amanda: Pink Maxi by Astars $143, Alchemist necklace by Heather Kahn Jewelry, $85 from 7 Gypsy
Taking a boat ride on the waters of Charleston and the surrounding areas is one of the most serene getaways you can have. I had the pleasure of experiencing one of my favorite rides to date on the Holy City Sailing sailboat with Captain Stewart. Specializing in private luxury charters leaving the Bohicket Marina in Kiawah, we had a taste of the good life. The Captain knows these waters well and took us on a sunset cruise as we took in pristine marshes, deserted islands, and dolphins that jumped out of the water as if they were showing off for us. The comfortable cabin has 2 beds, a bathroom, mini kitchen, and lounging area with a table to dine on. I heard Captain Stewart also does overnight stays if you really want to experience life on the water. The sail was truly magical and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an escape with their loved one or a private party with their best friends.
White top by Flutter by Dance & Marvel $46 and floral skirt by Flying Tomato $58 from House of Sage // Red bikini top by Eres $520 from Bits of Lace // Python sandals $189 by Taxidermy // Padang Crescent necklace $108, Anguilla custom opal ring $178, Beqa shark tooth cuff $145, Cowrie shell cuff $142 by Kate Davis // 14k Gold hoop earrings $385, 14k gold 5mm band $275, 14k gold hammered stackable ring $260, 14k gold half round band $200 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Amador Sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Henry & Eva
On Amanda: Riviera Maya Maxi by Raga $123, White Sands Necklace by Heather Kahn Jewelry $62, Floppy Hat by San Diego Hat Company $62, Flip Flops in Sunkissed by TKEES $50 all from 7 Gypsy
Black vest by Gracia $108 and rose pleated skirt by Le Lis $68 from Ro Sham Beaux // Gucci satin heels $498 from Trunk Show // Crystal Sharp Wristlet $399 by Ellia Wang represented by Eva Design House // Cage Earrings $259, Ripple Cuff 2” with holes $369, Berry Pattern Ring with London Blue Topaz $349, Ripple Ring $149, Ripple Ring Sky Blue Topaz $349 all by Kristen Baird available at the Gallery at the Grand Bohemian Charleston
Blue romper by Mustard Seed $88 from Ro Sham Beaux // Shoes by Alice + Olivia $198 from Shoes on King // Flower Bag in Pink $718 and Pinwheel earrings $78 by Ellia Wang represented by Eva Design House // Honeycomb Wrap Ring $199, Amethyst Engraved Pattern Ring $229, and Bloom Bracelet $399 all by Kristen Baird available at the Gallery at the Grand Bohemian Charleston
Black cross back maxi dress by Kal Rieman $335 from Rapport // Shoes by Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn $160 from Shoes on King // Sunglasses $18 from House of Sage // Agate Sharp Tote $1,079 by Ellia Wang from Trunk Show // Triple Chevron Fringe Necklace $569, Ripple cuff with holes $419, Ripple Ring with Green Onyx $399all by Kristen Baird available at the Gallery at the Grand Bohemian Charleston
We’re bringing you retro cool on those hot summer days with Part 2 of Dandy Boutique’s summer look book shoot in Folly Beach.
On Abi: Green Blouse $65, Matching Green Skirt $70 by Kling // Hello Sunshine Sandals $46 by Loly in the Sky // Fringe Necklace $42 by Tiny Tassle
On Anna: Yellow Blouse with Blue Collar $78 by Kling, Geometric Daze Pattern Skirt $40 by Everly // Shoes by Loly in the Sky // Fringe Earrings $18 by Tiny Tassle // Straw Purse by San Diego Hat Co $68
Blue Gingham Dress $88.00 and lemon clutch $52 by Kling
Polka Dot Midi Dress $74 by Kling // Fringe Earrings $18 by Tiny Tassel // Straw Hat with Black Band $48 by San Diego Hat Co. // Bag $99 by The Charleston Weekender // Star Wedges $68 by Loly in the Sky
On Abi: Safari Blouse $44 by Kling // Winnies Western Blue Skirt $78 by Alice’s Pig // Ivory Hat w/ Band $42 San Diego Hat Co.
On Anna: Safari Dress $72 by Kling // Hat by San Diego Hat Co. // Fringe Earrings $18 by Tiny Tassel
Black bathing suit with low back $68, Tic Tac Toe Skirt $62, and watermelon purse $52 by Kling // Lady Bug Sneakers $48 by Loly in the Sky // Color Studs $24 by I Crave Jewels // Pink Headband $20 by Ban.do
Cactus Blouse $48 by Kling // Denim Shorts $40 by She and Sky // Floppy Straw Hat $39 by San Diego Hat Co.
Photography by Jonathan Balliet, Styling by Andrea Serrano, Makeup by Rebekah Ellie, Hairstylist – Mac Does Hair, Models – Anna Holloway and Abi Rose, on location The Tides Folly Beach, all clothing and accessories from Dandy Boutique
Dress by Thakoon $299 from Trunk Show // Shoes by Alice & Olivia $295 from Shoes on King // Sunglasses $18 from Dandy Boutique // Ripple Ring with a Half Drilled Pearl $349, Honeycomb Wrap Ring $199, Ripple bangle $179 all by Kristen Baird available at the Gallery at the Grand Bohemian Charleston // Biscuit earrings $78, Marble Sharp Document Folder $419 by Ellia Wang represented by Eva Design House
Bustier top by Mustard Seed $68 and skirt by Gracia $168 from Ro Sham Beaux // Shoes by Vince Camuto $68, Layer Clutch in Turquoise Ellia Wang $598 from the Trunk Show // Bloom Necklace $2,449, 2 inch Ripple cuff $339, Ripple Ring with a Half Drilled Pearl $349, – Ripple Ring with Amazonite $349 all by Kristen Baird available at the Gallery at the Grand Bohemian Charleston